Stack Exchange is a network of websites, all sharing the same Question and Answer format. The platform was spawned from the hugely successful Stack Overflow website, which Techies will be familiar with, as one of the best places to get answers to programming questions on the web.
The reason Stack Overflow is so successful is that its community driven, meaning people can vote for answers they find helpful (or vote down those that are unhelpful), giving them rather more validity than they would otherwise have. The person asking the question can mark a particular answer as the correct one, which again helps other users.
Users are awarded points and badges for their contributions, which also helps those looking for answers. An answer from a user with lots of points and badges will carry far more weight than one from a newly registered user.
For a Q and A site the Stack Exchange platform is unparalleled. Answers can easily be searched for via the site itself and will also show up in search engine listings. Subject matter experts can demonstrate their knowledge in a particular field by earning reputation points.
So how does this relate to Tridion? Well until recently the only way to get Tridion questions answered by the community was to use the "dreaded" Tridion Forums! In one sense they are a great resource, as they are regularly maintained by a number of Tridion experts, professionals and MVPs. Questions are usually answered quickly and with detailed explanations.
The problem is the forums are dated, difficult to search, slow to use, but most of all they are closed, so all that knowledge is hidden from the internet.
There are currently 132 questions tagged with Tridion on Stack Overflow, which works really well when the questions are programming related. What about more specific Tridion questions, relating to Blueprinting for example? A Tridion specific Q & A would be ideal for these types of questions. There's an excellent justification for why Tridion needs it own site here. If thats not enough for you, then take a look at how well the Sharepoint Stack Exchange site works.
So what needs to be done to get this site up and running? Well thanks to a lot support from the community, the proposal is well on its way to getting a Beta version of the site. Area 51 is the place new Stack Exchange sites are proposed. The Tridion proposal is currently 24% of the way to Beta. In order to get there we need:
- 200 people to commit to use the site (Currently the proposal has 137)
- 100 people with a reputation of over 200 on any other Stack Exchange site (Currently the proposal has 24)
- 100% commitment score, based on committers' activity on all other sites and how old the commitment is. (The proposal is at 44%)
If you think this proposal would help you, or anyone you work with, then please commit today, by clicking on the link below!